Video & Animation (Explainer) Tools

Last updated: September 24, 2018 at 13:17 pm

Tools used to create and host videos and animations. In alphabetical order.
means is on the Top Tools for Learning 2018.


Adobe After Effects
Create incredible motion graphics and visual effects.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 83
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/adobe-after-effects/


Adobe Animate
Edge Animate lets web designers create interactive HTML animations for web, digital publishing, rich media advertising and more, reaching both desktop and mobile browsers with ease.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


Adobe Flash
Flash from Adobe lets you create powerful and engaging animations.  Flash ActionScript provides even more functionality.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


Adobe Premiere Pro
Lets you capture, edit, and deliver video to the web, and mobile devices.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 74
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/adobe-premiere/


Animaker
Effortlessly create studio-quality animation videos from the comfort of your browser within minutes
Cost: Free and premium version  |  Available: Hosted


Animatron
Stunning HTML5 animation – no coding required.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted


Anime Studio Pro
The all-in-one animation tool for professionals and digital artists.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


Animoto
Animoto lets you turn your photos, video clips, and music into videos to share with everyone.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted


Applie iMovie
iMovie  makes viewing and working with video as easy as enjoying your photos. A built-in library automatically organizes all the clips you’ve captured and movies you’ve created.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download (for Macs)
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 146
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/apple-imovie/


Audio Acrobat
Create your audio + video, select a feature and magic happens with us!
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


Avidemux
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download


Bambuser
Broadcast live using your mobile device or webcam. Share to your blog or favourite social network Interact with your viewers
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted


Brightcove
Simplifying delivery of video to every destination and device.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


CrazyTalk
Powerful 2D and facial animation.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


Clipchamp
Clipchamp offers a free video editor, video compressor, video converter, webcam recorder and video collection API, all available through your internet browser, no download required.
Cost: Free and Premium versions | Available: Hosted


Cyberlink PowerDirector
Fast and flexible video editing
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


Explaindio
Animation, Doodle Sketch, and Motion Video Creation Software.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter converts video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, DVD, MP3, iPad, iPhone, PSP, Xbox, Android phones.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download

Genial.ly
Genially is a single platform for all types of interactive content – and bring your content to life
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Availability: Online
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 71
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/hihaho/


H5P.
H5P lets anyone create, share and reuse interactive HTML5 content
Cost: Free  |  Availability: Online
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 37
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/hihaho/


Handbrake
HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download


HiHaHo
Add extra layers of interactivity onto a video and incorporate your videos in your online learning programs. SCORM and xAPI supported.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 69
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/hihaho/


Hummingbird
HummingbirdShare is a multimedia knowledge base, designed to capture and access the expertise in your company.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


Kaltura
Kaltura’s mission is to power any video experience.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted/Installed
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 193
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/kaltura/


Kizoa
Online Movie Maker and Video Editor
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted

Knovio
Knovio is a platform for organizing and sharing training, communications and HR video, online presentations and for live streaming conferences and events.
Cost: Commercial. Knovio Lite is free  |  Availability: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 148
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/knovio/


Livestream
The world’s #1 live video platform powers 4,000,000 events each year.
Cost:  Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


Media Semantics
The Character Builder is a media authoring tool that installs on your PC and lets you generate unlimited, royalty-free materials in HTML5, Flash, video, and mobile formats.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted


Meerkat
Press ‘Stream’, and instantly live stream video from your phone to everywhere
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app


Mixcraft
Mixcraft is The Musician’s DAW – the ideal application for creating professional quality songs, mixes, and videos with ease.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


Moovly
Easily create animated videos and presentations.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 123
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/moovly/


MovieMaker
Windows Movie Maker makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


mysimpleshow
mysimpleshow is an online video-maker tool that allows users to create explainer videos. The tool transforms any text into a video in minutes.
Cost: Free. Premium versions available. | Available: Hosted


Nawmal
With nawmal you can create your own movies in minutes
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


Panopto
Panopto is the only video platform that provides businesses and universities with integrated video recording, live streaming, video management, and inside-video search.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Installed


Periscope
Live stream from your phone.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download app


Pinnacle Studio
Video editing software.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


PodcastPeople
Everything you need to get started. Record audio & video directly In your web browser.
Cost: Commercial |  Available: Hosted


PowToon
PowToon is an online software tool that allows you to create animated video explainers – for business or education.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2017: 45
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/powtoon/


Qumu
Qumu provides a comprehensive platform for capturing video, automating secure streaming and downloading, simplifying its management and maintaining its complete control.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


Renderforest
Renderforest provides free tools for creating professional intros, animations, slideshows and music visualizations in minutes.
Cost: Free. Charge for video exported without watermark/in high quality   |  Available: Hosted


SchoolTube
SchoolTube.com is the nation’s largest K-12 moderated video sharing platform, specifically designed for students and educators – exclusively endorsed by over twenty national education associations.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted


SitePal
Create a speaking avatar for your website.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


StudioRack
StudioRack is a modular live audio and video production system for the Windows O.S., intended for the more demanding podcaster, audio and video producers, DJ’s, radio stations, tv stations etc.
Cost: Free |  Available: Download


Swiffy
A simple Flash to HTML5 converter that helps make SWF files available to a larger audience.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


SWiSH Max4
Advanced Flash Creation Tool For The Graphic Artist Or Web Professional.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


TeacherTube
TeacherTube provides a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


TeachOutLoud
TeachOutLoud is a service which allows you to publish and sell your audio and video learning content.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted


TED Ed
TED Ed is a tool to create lessons around TED Talks and other videos.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted


Tegrity
Automatically captures, stores and indexes every lecture on campus.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download/Hosted


ThingLink
ThingLink is an interactive media platform that empowers publishers, educators, brands, and bloggers to create more engaging content by adding rich media links to photos and videos.
Cost:  Free  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 174
See more at www.toptools4learning.com/thinglink/


Ustream
Online video streaming at scale. Secure video sharing for teams and enterprises
Cost:  Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Hosted


Vcasmo
Publish video+slides presentation, support playback in browser, mobile, and iPad.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


Vialogues
Vialogies = video+ dialogues, Vialogues allow for meaningful and dynamic time-stamped discussions about videos.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Hosted


Viddyoze
Web based 3D animation and video software.
Cost: Free  |  Available: Online


VideoPad
Video editing software anyone can use
Cost: Free  |  Available: Download


Videora
Videora Converter is a free video converter that converts video files, YouTube videos, movies and DVD’s so you can play them on your video playing device.
Cost: Free |  Available: Hosted


Videoscribe
Videoscribe lets you create your own whiteboard-style animations with no design or technical know-how
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download


Vidizmo
Live & On-Demand Video Streaming Solutions That Fit Your Need.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


Vimeo
Vimeo is a video-sharing website where users can upload, view and share videos.
Cost: Free and premium versions |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 53
See more at See more at www.toptools4learning.com/vimeo/


Vine
Create 6 second videos
Cost: Free | Available: Download app


Vyond (prev GoAnimate
Vyone is an easy-to-use tool to create professional animated videos.
Cost: Commercial. Free trial  |  Available: Download
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 58 
See more at See more at www.toptools4learning.com/goanimate/


Vzaar
Private, secure video hosting for businesses.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Hosted


WebPod Studio
WebPod Studio is the World’s Leading Podcast Software that produces both audio and video podcasts.
Cost: Commercial  |  Available: Download


WeVideo
Simple to use video editor. Can be downloaded to google drive, can have private or public. Easy to login with Google.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 128
See more at See more at https://www.toptools4learning.com/wevideo/


Wideo
Make professional videos in minutes.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Download


YouTube
A key learning resource and a place for anyone to share their own video content.
Cost: Free   |  Available: Hosted
Ranking on Top 200 Tools for Learning 2018: 1
See more at See more at www.toptools4learning.com/youtube/


Zaption
Turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted


Zentation
If YouTube and PowerPoint had a baby… it would be Zentation.
Cost: Free and premium versions  |  Available: Hosted